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2012: Is It Time To Become More Vegetarian?0 Comments

admin | 4:07 pm | January 11, 2012 | Green Living

As time progresses, it is becoming more and more apparent that we as a human race have messed with our resources to such an extent that we are facing the possibility of a major food shortage crisis. Our reliance on meat and chicken as a food source has also caused environmental shifts that are contributing majorly to climate change and global warming.  Farming of animals for food has also become out of control, with routine hormones and anti-biotics being used more frequently and animals being treated in disrespectful ways.  In addition, overfishing has led to a major fish shortage with many species facing extinction.

This, coupled with various health reasons to eat less animals and more plants has lead to a world-wide shift in consciousness towards a more vegetarian way of life.

While vegetarianism may not be for everyone, the planet (and your body) can benefit from practicing just one vegetarian day per week.

10 advantages of having a meat-free day:

  1. Substituting proteins like beans, lentils, chickpeas, soya and nuts will provide more natural fibre and vitamins than a steak or burger patty.
  2. Plant foods provide antioxidants, special chemicals that help fight aging and diseases of lifestyle, like cancer and heart disease.
  3. Fruit and vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as many minerals not found in animal products.
  4. Reducing saturated fat found in red meat, chicken skin and full-fat dairy products can help lower the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
  5. You will be contributing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. According to a study by the UN’s Environment Programme, “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
  6. You will be reducing the estimated 55bn farmyard animals that are slaughtered each year to feed the world
  7. Cow grazing leads to the extinction of indigenous plant and animal species and according to Greenpeace, the chicken-flesh industry is leading the way in destroying the Amazon rain forest. So having a meat-free day will help reduce this.
  8. You limit your own risk of contamination by leaving out meat. The US Department of Agriculture reports that 70% of food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh.
  9. Damaging dioxins are more prevalent in red meat, fish and dairy products than in plant foods.
  10. Hormones are fed to animals to promote growth and these can affect our health if we eat meat that is not organic and free range.



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